Staten Island offense finally breaks out


Mike Ashmore reports that Ivan Nova has been promoted to Triple-A Scranton (as expected) and veteran Jason Johnson has been activated to take his place on the roster and in the rotation. Chad Jennings says Nova’s debut could come Monday.

Triple-A Scranton (6-5 loss to Rochester, walk-off style)
Kevin Russo & John Rodriguez: both 2 for 4 - Russo drew a walk & was caught stealing … J-Rod doubled twice, drove a run in, scored one & K’ed twice
Austin Jackson & Justin Leone: both 1 for 4, 1 R – Jackson drew a walk, swiped a bag & K’ed … Leone drove in a run & K’ed twice
Colin Curtis: 1 for 3, 1 RBI, 2 BB
Shelley Duncan: 0 for 5, 2 K – OPS dips below 1.000
Juan Miranda: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB
Eric Duncan: 3 for 4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI – first back-to-back three hit games since 2003
Josh Towers: 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 7-7 GB/FB – 57 of 83 pitches were strikes (68.7%)
Mark Melancon: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2-3 GB/FB – 18 of 32 pitches were strikes (56.3%)
Anthony Claggett: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1-0 GB/FB – 8 of 12 pitches were strikes

Double-A Trenton
Game 1
(8-2 win over Reading) completion of yesterday’s game, which was suspended due to rain
Austin Krum: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 SB
Reegie Corona: 0 for 2, 2 R, 2 BB – 37 BB, 33 K this year
Eduardo Nunez, Noah Hall & Edwar Gonzalez: all 2 for 4 – Nunez doubled, drove in two runs, scored two others & missed a catch for an error … Hall doubled & scored a run … Edwar drove in a run
Jorge Vazquez: 4 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI – BOMBS
Jesus Montero: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 2 RBI
Chris Malec: 1 for 4
Marcos Vechionacci: 0 for 4
Zach McAllister: 2 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 0-3 GB/FB - started yesterday, but then the rains came … for shame, he was matched up against the Phillies’ first rounder from 2007
Josh Schmidt: 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 3-6 GB/FB – already just 10.1 IP behind last year’s total thanks to all of these extended outings
Mike Dunn: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 0-1 GB/FB – seven walks in his last 2.2 IP
Eric Wordekemper: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 3-1 GB/FB
Game 2 (7-2 loss to Reading in 7 innings)
Austin Krum: 2 for 4, 1 2B
Reegie Corona: 1 for 4
Eduardo Nunez & Chris Malec: both 0 for 3 – Malec scored a run & K’ed
Jorge Vazquez, Edwar Gonzalez & Richie Robnett: all 1 for 3 - Edwar scored a run & K’ed … Robnett doubled & scored a run
Kyle Anson: 1 for 1, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 PB
Justin Snyder: 0 for 2, 1 BB, 1 K – OPS’ing around .500 … jumping him over Hi-A might not have been a good idea
Jason Johnson: 5 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 4-5 GB/FB - just back from a shoulder injury
Kevin Whelan: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0-2 GB/FB

High-A Tampa had their doubleheader with St. Lucie postponed due to wet grounds. They’re going to play a doubleheader tomorrow to make up one of the games, and I honestly have no idea when they’re going to make up the other. Tampa isn’t scheduled to play St. Lucie again this season, home or away.

Low-A Charleston (4-3 win over Savannah)
Jose Pirela: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
Ray Kruml & Taylor Grote: both 1 for 4 – Kruml doubled, drew a walk, scored a pair of runs, drove one in & K’ed … Grote K’ed twice
Corban Joseph: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Melky Mesa & Chase Weems: both 2 for 4 – Mesa drove in a run & stole a base … Weems doubled, K’ed twice & picked a runner off first with a snap throw
Abe Almonte: 0 for 3, 1 Bb, 1 K
Garrison Lassiter & Tommy Baldridge: both 0 for 4, 1 K
Hector Noesi: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3-2 GB/FB – taken out because he’s been promoted to Tampa, supposedly
Charles Nolte: 2.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1-3 GB/FB
Brad Rulon: 3.1 IP, zeroes, 6 K, 1 WP, 0-5 GB/FB – dayum
Jon Ortiz: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB – got his old closer job back now that Venditte’s been promoted

Short Season Staten Island (8-5 win over Hudson Valley) came into the game hitting .192-.255-.288 as a team
Francisco Santana: 0 for 2, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 SB
Jimmy Paredes, Zoilo Almonte & Luke Murton: all 2 for 4 – Parede swiped a bag, drove in a run, scored two, K’ed & committed a fielding error … Almonte scored a run, drove in two, K’ed twice & stole a base … Murton doubled, scored a pair of runs & swiped a base
Kelvin Castro & Hector Rabago: both 0 for 3, 1 K – Castro drew a walk & was picked off first … Rabago swiped a bag & allowed a passed ball
Rob Lyerly & DeAngelo Mack: both 0 for 4 – Lyerly K’ed once, Mack twice
Neil Medchill: 2 for 2, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Francisco Rondon: 4.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 1 K, 5-7 GB/FB – control, he not has it
Gavin Brooks: 0.1 IP, zeroes, 1 K
Ryan Flannery: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HB, 4-1 GB/FB
Ronnie Marte: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 Balk, 4-0 GB/FB

The Rookie GCL Yanks were rained out. They’re going to play two tomorrow.

Categories : Down on the Farm


  1. YankeeFan says:

    Mike just wanted to read your thoughts about Tony Franklin and Jesus Montero. Every time they have a doubleheader, Franklin benches him for the second game. I understand you want to be very cautious with him but with all the ppds and games being skipped due to the ppds why is he not playing Jesus Montero in the second game? Instead he puts Noah Hall or somebody else like Vazquez tonight as the DH. Don’t you want this kid to get into a rhythm so he can find his groove in Double-A? Maybe it’s me selfishly wanting to see him play more but I think Franklin is being way too cautious especially when he puts non-prospects like Noah Hall ahead of Montero for the DH spot.

  2. tophitter says:

    Per Riverdogs radio broadcast Hector Noesi was taken out of the game because he was being promoted to Tampa tonight

  3. “Tampa is scheduled to play St. Lucie again this season, home or away.”

    Is there supposed to be a ‘not’ in there somewhere?

  4. Jake K. says:

    Mike, where does Nova rank in your top 10? Hopefully keeps it going after this promotion.

  5. DreDog says:

    We may have a 40 man roster problem this offseason. Mike, what do you think?

  6. TurnTwo says:

    if this is out of place, please let me know… i’m thinking of heading down to SI for a game in July… anyone been there? how easy is it to get to the ballpark?

  7. Farva says:

    What’s the deal with Melky Mesa? He seems to be raking in the Sally league. Promotion soon? Top 10 prospect? Is he young/old? Would appreciate the 411.



  8. Jake H says:

    Good for Hector.

    It seems like the rain has been really affecting the Yankee minor league teams.

  9. K.B.D. says:

    So Zach McAllister has to crack BA’s top 100 next year, right?

    Last 2 years:
    1.99 ERA, 3.00 FIP
    6.86 K/9, 1.64 BB/9

    I’m thinking somewhere around 60-80. Dude just knows how to pitch.

  10. Lou says:

    Melky Mesa is 22. If he can keep putting up impressive power numbers and stay healthy he will eventually move up moderatly through the ranks. He looks like a Hensley Meulens clone if you ask me but for the most part Gardner made his MLB debut at 24 and Ryan Howard came up at 25 so if he is going to be a minor league journyman then getting a call to the bigs at or around 25 or 26 years old is about right if your not a prospect.

  11. leokitty says:

    I just got back from Staten Island and while the hitting was much better, they were helped out immensely by a terrible defensive showing from Hudson Valley.

  12. I wouldn’t be too concerned about the 40 man after the season.

    Currently out of 39 taken spots – the following are unlikely to keep a 40 spot – allowing us plenty of opp to keep young ones around.

    Pitchers – Garcia, Pettitte, Tomko (with Ramirez and Albaladejo as expanded options)
    Positional – Cash, Molina, Ransom, Damon, Nady, Matsui (with Miranda and Melky as expanded options)

    So depending on how you look at it only 30 of 40 slots will be taken or if we expand then only 26 of 40 slots committed.

    Lots of flexibility to manuever this off season.


  13. ManBearPig says:

    Has some of the luster come off Melancon’s prospect status, or is there still a chance he replaces Tompko before the break?

    • Mac says:

      The conjecture on here that Melancon would be a candidate to take over for Mo certainly seems a bit over optimistic.

      Can’t say I share the enthusiasm for any of the prospects – especailly A-Jax – with his K level and lack of power, he looks like he’s at AAA at the beginning of next year as well.

      It will be interesting to see what the Yanks OF is opening day 2010.

    • Jon G says:

      Only one way to find out — give him another shot so they can evaluate what they have in him before the deadline. I can’t wait to see him back up! No idea why Tompko’s still on the roster…

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